U.S. House narrowly passes Biden’s $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill, clearing 1st hurdle – National

U.S. President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of […]

Myanmar police crack down on anti-coup protests as envoy urges U.N. to intervene – National

Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop the Feb. 1 coup. The Southeast Asian country has been in turmoil since the army seized power and detained elected […]

WE Charity held 2 fundraised openings for same Kenya school, former donor says – National

A man who once sat on the advisory board to WE Charity‘s American affiliate told a parliamentary committee he believes two different groups of donors were told they’d raised the money for the same school building in Kenya. Reed Cowan testified on Friday that he started raising money for Free The Children, as WE […]

‘Cowardly’: Syria condemns U.S airstrikes on Iran-backed targets – National

Syria said U.S. air strikes against Iranian-backed militias in the east of the country on Friday were a cowardly act and urged U.S. President Joe Biden not to follow “the law of the jungle.” An Iraqi militia official close to Iran said the strikes killed one fighter and wounded four. U.S. officials said they […]

Elephant kills zookeeper with ‘tremendous’ blow from its trunk in Spain – National

A zookeeper in Spain has died after an elephant smacked him against a wall of metal bars with its trunk, in what officials described as a single “tremendous” blow. The incident happened on Tuesday at the Cabarceno Natural Park in northern Spain, in the Cantabria region. Joaquin Gutierrez, 44, was cleaning out the elephant […]

Saudi crown prince approved killing of Jamal Khashoggi: U.S. intel report – National

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved of an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in 2018, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday in a manner choreographed to limit damage to U.S.-Saudi ties Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington […]

‘Golden calf’ statue of Donald Trump sparks Biblical ridicule at CPAC – National

Social media users were quoting the Ten Commandments film and the Book of Exodus in droves on Friday, after video from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) revealed a golden idol-like statue of former U.S. president Donald Trump. The video captured by a Bloomberg News reporter shows attendants wheeling a giant golden caricature of […]

Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow after engine problem: reports – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted February 26, 2021 10:05 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Russian media reported that a Boeing 777 plane made an emergency landing in Moscow in the early hours of Friday […]

Single dose of Pfizer vaccine may reduce transmission, early U.K. study suggests – National

A single dose of Pfizer and BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine cuts the number of asymptomatic infections and could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, results of a UK study found on Friday. Researchers analyzed results from thousands of COVID-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff […]

Vaccine passports gain traction, but experts warn of ‘huge moral crisis in equity’ – National

Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him. “A miracle is happening here tonight,” Geffen […]